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Rethinking mobility

September 2020

Rethinking mobility
With its concept, Uber wants to contribute to a turnaround in mobility behaviour. (Photo: Uber)

An intelligently networked, flexible and reliable mix of different alternatives to private cars plays an important role for the future of mobility. After all, no one can achieve a traffic turnaround alone.

Uber is currently available in eight cities in Germany – Berlin, Munich, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Duisburg.

The company arranges trips car- ried out by licensed car rental compa- nies and their employed professional drivers. In some cities, users can also book classic taxi rides directly via the Uber-App. With the brokered rental car trips, the customer sees the fixed price as well as the driver profile in- cluding photo, number plate and car type before the start of the trip. The payment is contactless and can be made by credit card or PayPal.

From the (big) city to the rural area

In addition to the eight cities, Uber is also present in the countryside. In Kirch- heim near Munich an initial pilot project was launched in 2019 to test how the in- termediary model in Germany can also work outside large cities. A second pilot project in Falkensee in Brandenburg has been running since June 2020 and offers residents a flexible and reliable connec- tion to public transport. The aim is to encourage people to use alternative mo- bility options and to increasingly leave their private car at home. Only a variety of different mobility offers such as public transport, taxis, rental cars and sharing services can relieve the traffic.


Environmentally friendly vehicle fleet

More than 50 percent of the vehi- cle fleet of Uber’s partner companies are fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles. With the Uber Green option in the app, customers can book a ride in an e-car at the touch of a button. Uber also encourages partner companies to electrify their fleets.